• What are online experiences?

  • Creating your online class offer on Eatwith and scheduling dates

  • How to choose the theme for your online experience?

  • Technical things to think about and check

  • Defining your class rules

  • Class planning - step by step

  • 24h before the class: what to send your guests

  • 24h after the class: what to send your guests

  • Your host checklist

  • 45-60 min video classes or workshops with a live demonstration led by you (Eatwith host) as the teacher, with participants who are following your instructions during the class.

  • The online classes will be created as an online experience.

  • The online classes will be booked as an event on the Eatwith platform, based on your calendar's availability.

  • For each class, you will send your invitees a Zoom link.

Click here to see the steps.

When planning your online cooking class,  there many things to think about and take into account. Here are our suggestions:

  1. Foolproof recipes: Teach recipes that you feel 100% confident with and that you personally love.

  2. Skill level: Is your recipe good for a beginner or are you aiming for intermediate or even advanced cooks? Some techniques could be harder to teach over video. Remember, your hands will be full and moving the camera mid-class to zoom in may be difficult. Keep this in mind, as it will affect how much you'll need to explain certain steps and subjects.

  3. Equipment: Be thoughtful of equipment your online guests might or might not have at home. For example, a “101 pasta” cooking class should address people who don’t necessarily have a pasta making machine at home and will need you to explain the very basic pasta you can make at home without a machine. 

  4. Accessible Ingredients: With the developments of COVID 19, some ingredients are harder to get than others. Be sure to select a recipe with common or easy to get ingredients

  1. Location(s) of cooking and what will the frame include? Will you be demonstrating everything from the very same spot? Take this into account so you can plan the shifting of the camera and the angels you will shoot from.

  2. Internet connection and audio check - strong wifi connection (make sure not to download/ upload files during the class, as it can slow your connection) and high-quality audio check are super important. You can record yourself while cooking and talking while placing the camera where it will be situated during the class and see if you sound loud and clear.

  3. Lighting - make sure there’s enough light, don’t trust your eye, you should check this on your camera 

  4. Lens cleaning and battery charging - Just like you're cleaning your glasses for a clear vision, make sure your camera is clean and that you have enough battery.

  5. Equipment check - Make sure you have all the kitchen tools needed. 

You are the conductor of the class. Be sure participants understand and follow the “Do’s and Don'ts” of the class in order to ensure the session goes as smoothly and  organized as possible.

A few rules you can use:

  • Recommend participants who have never used Zoom to join a few minutes before to test their set up as class will start on time.

  • All participants are on mute as a default

  • Whenever someone has a question, they can unmute and ask/write the question in the chat 

  • The class will start on time, for any technical issue with connecting to the link, please text/call the host

  • Recording of the class is not allowed without the host’s permission

When planing your class, you should start from the very beginning and don’t miss any step until saying goodbye to the group. 

Here is our sample schedule for a 1 hour class: 

  • Keep in mind that the schedule should include 10 minutes of questions, or time that it will take for the group to follow the instructions that can be a bit longer than what you’ve planned.

*We HIGHLY recommend you to do a demo with a friend and record it (see here how to record on ZOOM) so you can learn from it and make the needed improvements so your class with be A+!

  1. 00:00- 03:00 The first 3 minutes will be mostly around waiting for everyone to connect and make sure they see you and hear you.

  2. 03:00-08:00 Intro and rules: Introducing yourself shortly and ask your guests for their names. This is also the time to let them know your ‘Class Rules’ e.g they will all be muted to avoid background noise if someone wants to ask a question they can unmute themselves and ask.

  3. 08:00- 10:00 Explain the dish and the steps that will be taken in the class. 

  4. 10:00 - 12:00 Allow 2 min for everybody to wash their hands and get their set up ready

  5. 12:00 - 15:00 Dish 1: Step one, first demonstration of xxx + the users are doing it as well

  6. 15:00 - 20:00 Dish 1: Step two, demonstration of yyy + the users are doing it as well

  7. 20:00 - 30:00 Dish 1: Step three, demonstration of zzz + the users are doing it as well (dish going in the oven for 20 min) 

  8. 30:00 - 35:00 Dish 2: Step one, first demonstration of xxx + the users are doing it as we

  9. 35:00-45:00 Dish 2: Step two, demonstration of yyy + the users are doing it as well

  10. 45:00- 50:00 - Checking Dish 1 in the oven and starting Dish 2 “Step three”  demonstration of zzz + the users are doing it as well 

  11. 50:00 -  57:00 - Dish 1 to go out from the oven and plating, Dish 2 plating.

  12. - Tasting together, time for questions and goodbye speech.

We recommend sending your participants a group message that will include:

  • Recipes so they can know what to expect 

  • Start time 

  • Class rules 

  • A warm final note expressing you’re excited to virtually meet them soon and cook together.

Send your guests a group message after the class: 

  • Thank them for attending the online class and offer them to share on social media the outcome together with a link to your online experience

  • Ask for honest feedback:

  1. Did the class meet your expectations? If not, why?

  2. Do you feel like you had enough time to follow the instructions?

  3. Do you feel that the explanations were clear enough?

  4. Anything you’d like me to know so I can improve my class?

☑️ Pre event message was sent

☑️ Kitchen is cleaned and organized

☑️ Mise en place  - all ingredients and kitchen tools are ready

☑️ Camera/phone lens is clean, internet connection + audio is good

☑️ Eatwith apron is clean 

☑️ For long hair: your hair is up

☑️ Drinking water for you

☑️ Your phone is on silent mode and so are other phones in the house

☑️ After event message was sent

 

 

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